Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2015

NATIONAL: Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2015

The Second Chance Reauthorization Act is a bipartisan piece of legislation with both House and Senate versions having been introduced. If enacted, it would make some nonviolent prisoners eligible to be transferred out of a federal correctional facilities and into home confinement for the remainder of their sentences. Its Aging Offender Release program would make some aging prisoners eligible for release from federal prison early. In addition, it would allow Congress to provide funding to state, local, and Tribal governments for rehabilitation and reentry programs that help people get jobs, education, drug and mental health treatment, and other resources to help them stay crime-free.

The Second Chance Reauthorization Act is an improvement upon the original Second Chance Act, which Congress passed in 2007 and was signed into law by President George W. Bush. The original Second Chance Act had an elderly offender release program. But it only lasted for two years and had much more strict criteria than the new bill. The new Second Chance Reauthorization Act would make more elderly prisoners eligible for transfer, and its release program would be permanent, not temporary.

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